ATLANTA -- After taking a day to collect himself following his trade to the Braves late Monday night, left-hander Paul Maholm reported to Turner Field on Wednesday. Maholm arrives to shore up the Braves' rotation as they head into the final two months of the season.
Maholm will make his Braves debut Saturday night against the Astros. He threw a bullpen session with pitching coach Roger McDowell for the first time Wednesday, and said he was ready to go.
Maholm leaves a Cubs team 16 games under .500 for one that is 15 games over .500 and entered Wednesday leading the National League Wild Card race. He said he is excited to join the pennant race.
"They're playing great," Maholm said. "I'm just hoping to gel in the clubhouse and do my job every fifth day."
The Braves are just as excited to add Maholm to their rotation. He is 9-6 with a 3.74 ERA, striking out 81 batters and walking 34 in 120 1/3 innings this year.
Maholm beat the Braves twice this season, including a 1-0 victory May 9, when he threw seven shutout innings opposite Braves ace Tim Hudson.
"I think he's the best pitcher in the National League," Hudson said. "[Heck], he beat me, 1-0."
Outfielder Eric Hinske is one of five current Braves who have previously played with Maholm. Hinske was his teammate in Pittsburgh in 2009 and said the lefty uses a good game plan to get hitters out.
"He knows where he wants to put the ball," Hinske said. "He's just a smart pitcher. Not overpowering or anything, but he knows exactly what he's trying to do out there."
Maholm grew up in Mississippi and said he was a Braves fan as a kid, watching former pitchers Greg Maddux, John Smoltz and Tom Glavine, as well as third baseman Chipper Jones. He said he's looking forward to playing with Jones in the third baseman's final season before retiring.
Maholm has continued to admire the Braves even after making the Major Leagues.
"Playing against them, they always seemed to be a great group of guys," he said. "Obviously a very talented lineup and bullpen, and the rotation's doing great. I'm just going to try to come in here and do my thing and expect to win games."
Bourn sits out for just second time this season
ATLANTA -- Michael Bourn gladly accepted the rare opportunity to rest as his Braves teammates attempted to extend their winning streak to eight games on Wednesday night. But the All-Star outfielder does not believe fatigue has influenced the slump he has experienced over the past couple of weeks.
"I don't feel tired, but you can always use a day to relax," Bourn said. "I've been going for a long stretch."
This marked just the second time this season that Bourn was not in the Braves' starting lineup. The 29-year-old center fielder had made 65 consecutive starts since last getting a chance to rest through the first eight innings of a May 16 game against the Marlins.
With Monday's acquisition of versatile outfielder Reed Johnson, the Braves might feel more comfortable giving Bourn a few more chances to rest during the season's final two months. Manager Fredi Gonzalez opted to start Jason Heyward in center field and Johnson in right field for Wednesday night's game.
While Johnson has the ability to play center, the majority of his playing time has been spent at the corner outfield positions.
Since gaining a late selection that gave him a chance to participate in his second All-Star Game, Bourn has struggled to be as productive as he was during the season's first three months. He has batted .201 with a .247 on-base percentage and 30 strikeouts in 81 at-bats in his past 18 games.
Bourn struck out once every 4.8 at-bats before the All-Star break. Since the break, he has struck out once every 2.7 at-bats.
"I'm always aggressive, but sometimes I'm too aggressive," Bourn said. "That's pretty much what I do when I'm too aggressive -- I strike out. That's my weakness. If I ever cut down on my strikeouts, it will get even better. That's part of playing baseball. Sometimes I'm too aggressive, but sometimes it works for me. I'd rather be too aggressive than more passive."
Braves send Jurrjens to disabled list
ATLANTA -- The Braves announced Wednesday they placed right-hander Jair Jurrjens on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said Jurrjens developed the injury while pitching one inning in relief in the Braves' 7-1 victory against the Marlins on Tuesday.
Gonzalez said the injury is minor, and he expects Jurrjens to quickly recover.
"I think he should be OK in a week or so," Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said Jurrjens would require a rehab assignment in the Minor Leagues before returning from the DL.
Jurrjens is 3-4 with a 6.89 ERA this season, and his struggles forced the Braves to send him to Triple-A Gwinnett in late April. He was again removed from the rotation last week.
Newly acquired left-hander Paul Maholm replaces Jurrjens on the roster. Maholm was acquired from the Cubs late Monday night, and he arrived in Atlanta on Wednesday, necessitating the move.
Fredi, Trembley to join Florida State League Hall
ATLANTA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and Minor League field coordinator Dave Trembley will both be inducted into the Florida State League Hall of Fame in November.
Some of this year's other notable inductees include pitchers Jeff Suppan and Bob Tewksbury; position players Lloyd Moseby and Lou Whitaker; and umpire Brian Gorman.
"I was honored," Gonzalez said. "There's a lot of good names on that list. It's nice to go in there with [Trembley] and Dave Huppert. It's nice to go in there with guys you coached against. It's an honor and I'm thrilled."
Gonzalez spent two years (1985 and '86) playing in the FSL for the Yankees' Class A affiliate in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He managed the Miami Miracle for two seasons (1990-91) and served as the skipper for the Marlins' Class A affiliate, Brevard County, in 1994 and '95. He was named the FSL's Manager of the Year in 1994.
Long before serving as the Baltimore Orioles' manager from 2007-10, Trembley experienced success as the Dayton Cubs' manager from 1995-96 and 2001-02. He was named manager of the year after leading the Cubs to a league championship in 1995.